KARNATAKA

Teachers threaten contempt proceedings against Govt.

GULBARGA, AUG. 1. The Karnataka State Primary School Teachers' Association today threatened to launch contempt proceedings against the State Government for not implementing the directions of the Supreme Court and the High Court on restoring parity in wages of primary school teachers.

Disclosing this to presspersons here, the President of the association, Eere Gowda, and the General Secretary, Basavaraj Gurikar, said while primary school teachers working in Central services and other States were getting a basic pay of Rs. 4,500, in Karnataka, they were getting a basic pay of only Rs. 3,300.

Mr. Eere Gowda said the association had brought the matter to the notice of the State Government and had approached the High Court and the Supreme Court. The decision of the courts was in favour of the association. They had directed the Government to restore parity in wages. A committee constituted by the previous Government to study a proposal for restoration of parity in wages had submitted its report favouring the demand of the association.

He said though the Government had directed the Finance Department to clear the proposal, little had been done in this regard.

He said the association would launch contempt proceedings after August 20 if the Government failed to act on the judgments till then.

Posts

He said of the 20,000 higher primary schools, posts of headmaster had been sanctioned only to 11,940. The posts of headmaster had not been sanctioned to 22,000 primary schools.

The institutions without headmasters were facing severe administrative problems and were finding it difficult to utilise funds released under the Sarva Shikshana Abhiyan and Akshara Dasoha schemes, he added. Mr. Eere Gowda said the Government should constitute Fifth Pay Commission to remove disparities in wages of teachers.

Voting rights

Mr. Eere Gowda and Mr. Basavaraj urged the Government to grant rights to primary school teachers to cast their vote in the elections to the Legislative Council from the teachers' constituencies.

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